Stateline YMCA sponsors annual Stone Bridge 1/2 Marathon & 5K
Kevin Davisson took a break at Leland Park after participating in the Stone Bridge Trail annual half-marathon and 5K race, Saturday, Sept 25. Davisson admitted that he came in last, but was pleased that he was able to finish the thirteen-mile half-marathon.
The annual race was held at Stone Bridge Trail in Roscoe. In addition to in-person races, runners were able to participate virtually in both the 5K and half-marathon. A 5K race is a little over 3 miles, while a half-marathon is a little over 13 miles.
Athletes from throughout the area, both young and not so young, male and female, ran along the scenic trail.
Those participating were divided by age: 20-29, 30-39- 40-49-50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Runners began and ended the race at Leland Park, a few blocks west of Stone Bridge Trail.
Awards were presented to winners according to age groups and male/female runners - and there were surprises. In the half-marathon, the fastest male was 40 years old. In the 5K, the fastest female was 11 years old, apparently crossing the finish line a split second before her mother. The youngest 5K runner was 6, while the oldest was 74. The youngest runner in the half-marathon, and the only runner under 21, was a 14-year-old boy. The oldest half-marathoner was a 69-year-old man. The two fastest women in the half-marathon, arriving less than a second apart, were both from Franklin, WI - could they be friends?
- Over-all female winner was Leah Patullo, age 29, from Franklin, WI, with a time of 1:41:54.7.
- Over-all male winner was James Helmick, age 40, from Roscoe, with a time of 1:40:09.7.
- Over-all female winner was A. Hodge, age 11, from Roscoe, with a time of 28:02.1.
- Over-all male winner was Dan Palmer, age 44, from Roscoe, with a time of 18:35.2.
Jamie Arroy from Rockford participated in the Stone Bridge Trail 5K race and Half Marathon race event in Roscoe, Saturday, Sept. 25. Arroy was proud of her success in completing the 5K Run at age 68.
Michael McGinnis contributed statistical analysis for this story. Article and photos by Jean Seegers.